The peak body representing women lawyers in NSW for the advancement of women in the legal profession.

Women Lawyers Association of NSW

26 October 2005    

Dear Members & Colleagues

With our AGM scheduled for 30th November 2005, your input and vote on issues such as major changes to our Constitution will shape our future. We will be inviting members to list on the Find a Woman Lawyer online database shortly, following completion of final development and media promotion. 

I encourage you to renew your membership or join if you have not already done so in support of our Association.

Please diarise our Xmas Cocktail functions (further details shortly):

Newcastle: 6-8pm Wednedsday 30th November, Lovett Gallery
Sydney: 6-8pm Thursday 1st December, Moonshadow MLC Centre

Louise Byrne

3 November, Thursday 5.30-8pm
"Silk Cocktail Function" The Women Barristers Forum in association with WLANSW invite you to join us at Indochine, St. James Centre Sydney, to celebrate the appointment of Lucy McCallum SC.
Click here for details Bookings essential by 31 October @ $49.50pp to Women Barristers Forum. Enquiries: Julie Soars 9232 4609 or Linda McSpedden 0418 483 370

"Judicial Appointments - Diversity, Transparency and Quality"
Seminar held by NSW Young Lawyers and the Women Lawyers Association of NSW, 13 October 2005.

View: Speech presented by Her Honour Judge Gay Murrell SC.
View: Judicial Appointments Media Release

Submission to Sex Discrimination Commissioner's project: Striking the Balance with Work and Family
WLA NSW's submission in response to the "Striking the Balance: Women, Men, Work and Family" Discussion Paper was made to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission on Friday, 14 October 2005. The submission focuses on the issues of:
" caring for people with disabilities, elder care and grandparents as carers;
" anti-discrimination legislation and family responsibilities; and
" workplace relations, policies and practices and the business case for change.

The submission was drafted by the members of the Media Subcommittee. Media Officer, Lee-May Saw thanks Mary Underwood, Research Officer and Lyn Francis, Promotions & Fundraising Officer, for contributing to the drafting of the submission. Please click on the link below to access the submission.
View: Striking The Balance Submission - October 2005

Further Submission on Servile Marriage to the Office of the Minister for Justice and Customs
The Senate Inquiry into the Criminal Code Amendment (Trafficking in Persons Offences) Bill 2004 [2005] was passed by both houses of federal parliament in June this year. The recommendations made by AWL and World Vision Australia on the application of Part IAD of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) to provisions introduced by the Bill have been adopted in the legislation. While the Senate Committee's recommendations on introducing offences of child servile marriage into the Bill were not adopted, the issue of child servile marriage was raised in the media shortly after the passage of the Bill. World Vision Australia was contacted by the Office of the Minister for Justice and Customs and requested to make a further submission on the issue. WLA NSW Media Officer, Lee-May Saw was requested to assist World Vision in drafting this submission, on behalf of AWL.
The submission was adopted by the AWL Board and submitted to the Minister's Office in September. Detailed recommendations for amendments to the Marriage Act 1961 (Cth) and the commonwealth Criminal Code to support offences of trafficking of children into servile and forced marriages are made in the document. To read the submission, please click on the link below.

View: Final Submission - Servile Marriage - October 2005

Newcastle Networking "Informal Gathering" meet for lunch on the 2nd Friday of each month, 1pm at the Sticky Rice Thai Restaurant, 19 Scott Street, Newcastle. No need to book, just turn up! The next lunch will be on Friday 11th November (last for 2005). A great opportunity to network, catch up with the latest news and colleagues.

Newcastle Mediation Programme Update
The Newcastle Mediation Pilot Programme organised by the WLANSW Newcastle Chapter and the Newcastle Law Society has produced successful results. At the last callover in April 2005 a total of 14 District Court matters were ordered to mediate by Judge Sidis. Of those, 4 matters settled at mediation, 6 matters settled shortly after mediation or before trial, and 4 matters remain ongoing. The Newcastle Chapter has carried out a survey of the practitioners involved in the 14 matters. A full report, survey results and additional information can be accessed via the link below.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Mediation Programme or other mediation projects organised by the Newcastle Chapter, please contact Liz Pinnock on 0405 118 681 or Felicity Wardhaugh on (02) 4925 5500

View: Mediation Update - October 2005


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